On 25 November 2016 the ceremony of the Right Livelihood Award, also known as “Alternative Nobel Prize”, was held in Stockholm. Other winners of 2016 are Syrian volunteers White Helmets, Egyptian women’s organization Nazra and Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet. We publish Svetlana Gannushkina acceptance speech video and transcript.
Trafficking victim from Kinshasa, a witness of a murder of dozens innocent people from Brazzaville, a girl, who broke with Yemen traditions and other refugees took part in a new multimedia Civic Assistance Committee special project. According to UNHCR, in 2015 more than 65 million refugees in the world were forced to leave their homes due to armed conflicts. We talked with those who fled to Russia: what made them leave and what is their new life here like.
The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) Director Kristian Berg Harpviken’s shortlist for the Nobel Peace Prize is out, with the Russian activist and human rights contender Svetlana Gannushkina on top. Harpviken also finds that nuclear deal negotiators Ernest Moniz and Ali Akbar Salehi; Syrian rescue workers The White Helmets; Edward Snowden; and the Congolese trio Jeanne Nacatche Banyere, Jeannette Kahindo Bindu and Dr. Denis Mukwege are potential candidates for this year’s prize.
A leading figure of the human rights movement in Russia today, Svetlana Gannushkina, has been announced as a Laureate of the 2016 Right Livelihood Award. Gannushkina receives this award ‘for her decades-long commitment promoting human rights and justice for refugees, forced migrants, and different ethnic groups’.
Our colleagues from the Children’s Center are launching a new project: the integration kindergarten SAVA. The project is lead by Ekaterina Kokorina, who for many years was the director of the Center for Adaptation and Training of refugee children and since then has been constantly engaged in assisting children of migrants and refugees. You can support the project on Planeta.ru website.
Civic Assistance Committee prepared the report Russia as a Country of Asylum, which is based on the results of years of Committe work in assistance to refugees. It also contains the data of a special monitoring of migration services work and court hearings on refugees’ cases in Moscow and Moscow region. The full English version of the report is now available for downloading.
On April 20, 2015, Civic Assistance Committee was put on the list of organisations, acting as ‘foreign agents’. The causes, designated as ‘political activities’, were the declaration of the necessity of humanization of the prison system in Russia and anticorruption expert examination, made at the expence of presidential grant.
More than half a year ago the Supreme Court affirmed children’s right to education. But difficulties still arise. Paradoxically, the Civic Assistance Committee is forced to present an external organisation, bringing to schools’ attention the position of the Supreme Court and of the Ministry of Education. Fortunately, this strategy works.
On Thursday, February 18, employees of City Property Department broke down the door of the Center for Adaptation and Training of Refugee Children of Civic Assistance Committee at Dolgorukovaskaya street, changed locks and set up their own alarm system. Civic Assistance Committee considers Department’s actions unauthorized and intends to fight.
After thirteen years of cooperation United Way Сharity Foundation has withdrawn its support from Civic Assistance Committee because of Committee’s “foreign agent” label.
Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has awarded a Pro Dignitate Humana prize to Civic Assistance Committee. On December 18, at the Award Ceremony, a Minister Witold Waszczykowski noted that Committee was awarded for its “resilience and humanity”.
Center for the Adaptation and Training of Refugee Children of Civic Assistance Committee together with Humra Project has released a new video “Children Like Us”. This little movie answers many questions, for example, why it is so important for refugee children to learn and why they are really children like other children all over the world.